Another walk-off for Tommy Joseph pushes the first baseman closer to playing during the All-Star break in Miami for the National League
Dark days in Philadelphia continue to roll through as the Phillies try to rebuild back into a championship club. Bright spots have peaked through the clouds, namely the back to back walk off hits off the bat of Tommy Joseph.
As Cameron Rupp dosed Joseph in a bath in orange Powerade the reality of the former catcher being the club’s lone All-Star set in.
After a slow start to the season that prompted fans to call for prospect Rhys Hoskins, Joseph has established himself as the Phillies hottest hitter.
In the month of May, Joseph is hitting .321 with seven home runs and 23 hits in as many games. He’s unquestionably the club’s most valuable player early in the season, which is fantastic considering the state his career was in only a few years ago.
After being acquired to be the heir to catcher Carlos Ruiz, Joseph nearly lost the ability to play the game he loved due to concussions. Moving to first base has saved his major league career, and could potentially earn him an All-Star selection.
Unlikely to win at the ballot box, Joseph could be the Phillies lone representative in Miami during the Midsummer Classic.
Pat Neshek and Cesar Hernandez could also improve their resumes heading towards the final rosters being set, but it’s unlikely a slumping Hernandez gets preference on a roster over the hot-hitting Joseph.
Joseph may not have what it takes to continue this current stretch through July, and that’s perfectly fine. But if his month of June garners a fraction of the production of May his case would be rock solid going into July.